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The books are listed in categories called "Recommended Books". The "Top recommendations" are on the main page. The other categories are linked through the main page and can be clicked on below.

To further help you in your reading, here is a list of some common acronyms used in the literature.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders - ASD
Asperger's Syndrome - AS
High Functioning Autism - HFA
Pervasive Developmental Disorder - PDD
Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified - PDD/NOS
Individualized Education Plan - IEP
Non-verbal learning disability - NLD

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The following books are highly recommended by our board. Most of these books are available from our library and may be borrowed by members at our support and educational meetings. If you would like to purchase any of the books through Amazon.com click on the titles.

Top Recommended Books
Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane, Kassiane Sibley, Stephen M. Shore, Roger Meyer, Phil Schwarz, Liane Holliday Willey
Amazon.com Price: $14.93

The goal of better mutual understanding through self-advocacy generally requires disclosure about the individual's placement on the autism spectrum, and involves a degree of risk. Offering practical ideas and advice backed by the real-life experiences of the authors, this book is useful for individuals with all conditions, parents, and others who work, live, and care about them. - Stephen Shore

Asperger Syndrome
Ami Klin (Editor), Fred R. Volkmar (Editor), Sara S. Sparrow (Editor)
Amazon.com Price:$57.00

An exploration of a social disorder characterized by ....an inability to form friendships, and intense absorption in special interests. The editors (all of the Yale Child Study Center, Yale U.) present 16 contributions that discuss clinical and research aspects of the issue. The papers discuss behavioral aspects; the relationship of genetics and neurobiology to the disease; diagnostic constructs; and assessment; treatment, and intervention. (Book News, Inc.)

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Educators and Parents
Richard L. Simpson, Brenda Smith Myles
Amazon.com Price:$44.05

An overview of the characteristics of HFA with information for academics and social and behavioral supports to enhance success in school and home. Includes a chapter written by parents of children on the spectrum. Note: Cover shown is of an older edition. The edition presently available is in paperback.

Asperger's Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success
Brenda Smith Myles, Diane Adreon
Amazon.com Price: $ 16.29

"A stunningly accurate portrayal of the challenges adolescents with Asperger Syndrome face in school. Of at least equal importance, this "must-have" resource is jam packed with sensible and easy-to-implement solutions for teachers, aides, parents, and others who will ultimately give these emerging adults the tools they need to navigate through the turbulent middle and high school years...and beyond." Stephen M. Shore Author of Beyond the Wall

Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage And Meltdowns
Brenda Smith Myles, Jack Southwick
Amazon.com Price: $ 14.93

Highly recommended. Co-authored by an associate professor of Special Education and a social worker; both with extensive experience in research, practice and education of the High Functioning population, this book offers understanding of the escalation of behavioral outbursts and tantrums and practical solutions and strategies. This is a yet newer edition, in paperback.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent's Guide
Michael Powers, Psy.D.
Amazon.com Price: $16.47

A clearly written book by an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of the Center for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut. This is a much-needed resource for parents and professionals looking to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorders from a popular speaker who works closely with our friends in the Connecticut parent group.

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook : An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome
Tony Attwood, Roger N. Meyer
Amazon.com Price: $ 25.95

This practical manual will enable people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism to deepen their self-understanding and appreciate their value as working individuals. Through step-by-step self-assessment, the reader is encouraged to engage actively in a self-paced exploration of their employment history, and ultimately to identify the work best suited to their personal needs, talents and strengths. The workbook contains practical exercises, with clear explanations and examples of how to use them. Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook will also be an essential guide for professionals, career advisors and vocational counselors as it provides in-depth guidance and research on fulfilling employment for adults and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism.

Asperger's Syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals.
Tony Attwood, foreword by Lorna Wing
Amazon.com Price: $ 18.95

This outstanding book is by a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in the field of Asperger's syndrome. He has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background. In a well-written, easy to read format he gives a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of Asperger's syndrome, with strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating.

Asperger Syndrome or Higher Functioning Autism?
Edited by: Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov & Linda J. Kunce
Amazon.com Price: $ 63.95

A general overview presenting diverse opinions on diagnosis and assessment by many leaders in the field of autism including Lorna Wing, Christopher Gillberg and Carol Gray. It contains useful essays including pieces written by people on the spectrum of autism.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Frith, Uta.
Amazon.com Price: $ 39.95

A classic text which was the first to present the English translation of Hans Asperger's original paper describing the syndrome which bears his name. Editor Uta Frith includes important contributions by some of the world's leading experts, the "who's who" of autism research.

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Mark Haddon
Amazon.com Price: $16.29

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Sound familiar? Many people on the spectrum, family members and others in their lives feel that this book has touched a chord and is also an enjoyable read.

Educating Children with Autism
National Research Council
Amazon.com Price: $25.17

The National Research Council is a sub-organization of the National Academy of Sciences. This book is an excellent resource for educating children with autism spectrum disorders. The stellar cast of contributing scholars provides useful specific recommendations. The book can also be accessed online at bob.nap.edu/books/0309072697/html/

Elijah's Cup: A Family's Journey Into The Community And Culture Of High-Functioning Autism And Asperger's Syndrome
Valerie Paradiz
Amazon.com Price: $ 11.53

This expressive and deeply felt memoir explores how the diagnosis of the author's son, Elijah, with Asperger's syndrome/HFA changed her life. Paradiz, an assistant professor of German studies at Bard College, details the subsequent dissolution of her marriage and her own depression, events triggered by the problems of coping with Elijah's needs. She describes their time together at Autreat, a camp for autistics that emphasizes self-advocacy. This is a moving personal story that highlights a new way of thinking about people diagnosed as autistic. "Publishers Weekly"

Valerie Paradiz is the co-founder and director of the School for Autistic Strength Purpose and Independence in Education (ASPIE). She is on the board of directors of the Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP).
This revised edition includes a contribution from Elijah and a new chapter that brings the story up to date: the author successfully sets up a specialist educational unit for Asperger pupils, Elijah experiences his first two years of school, and the author's dawning recognition of her own Asperger's Syndrome leads to major life changes.
Emergence: Labeled autistic
Grandin, T. & Scariano, M.
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.36

A Parent Comment: "During the first year after my son's diagnosis, I read thirty-four books on autism. Four years later, this one stills ranks among the best in terms of personal accounts & has helped immensely in learning to understand my son, his behavior & how to get through to him so he'll understand me. An excellent account for parents who desire insight on what their children with autism are experiencing."

Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In; problems with non-verbal communication.
Nowicki & Duke
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.85

The authors discuss how nonverbal behavior affects a child's social acceptance and competence. They describe how nonverbal communication is a "language" of its own, and suggest strategies for teaching children the concrete meaning of things such as space and touch, gestures and postures, and facial expressions.

High-functioning individuals with autism.
Schopler, E., & Mesibov, G. (Eds.)
Amazon.com Price: $ 65.00

"Chapters covering diagnostic issues, neuropsychological studies, .... are accompanied by discussion of parents' points of view and social and educational issues, as well as personal accounts written by autistic people and parents." Booknews, Inc.

How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery
Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly
Amazon.com Price: $18.87

As Barb Kirby puts it so well, "This is the book every parent of a child with AS or any autism spectrum disorder needs...Highly recommended!"

The New Social Story Book: Illustrated Edition
Carol Gray
Amazon.com Price: $ 22.02

The newest offering by Carol Gray, "Social Stories" help the child with autism or Asperger's Syndrome to understand the social world around them. This book is an updated version of the New Social Story Book, with new text and accompanying illustrations.

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration
Barbara Kirby, Patricia Romanowski Bashe
Foreword by Tony Attwood, Ph.D
Introduction by: Simon Baron-Cohen, Tony Attwood
Amazon.Com Price: $18.15

"A wonderful book-this volume will be an invaluable guide for parents and teachers." -Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., professor of child psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics, Yale Child Study Center

The Out-Of-Sync Child : Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Kranowitz, Carol Stock; Silver, Larry B. (Foreword)
Amazon.com Price: $ 14.95

Children who have been labeled with words like "difficult", "picky", "oversensitive", "clumsy", "unpredictable" may actually be suffering from Sensory Integration Disorder-a very common but frequently misdiagnosed condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms.

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome & High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive
Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, James McPartland
Amazon.com Price: $12.89

The authors cover definitions, diagnosis, causes, and treatments of AS-HFA. Most books on AS-HFA focus only on early intervention and basic skills, but this book offers help for older children and adults as well, making it very valuable.Temple Grandin, Ph.D. says she, "... really likes how this book emphasizes building on the talents and strengths of a person with Asperger Syndrome.

A Parent's Guide to Autism
Hart, Charles
Amazon.com Price: $ 16.95

A parent comment: "This is an excellent book for anyone touched by Autism. After my son's diagnosis five years ago, I searched for an easy to read reference guide to help answer my endless questions. This isn't a "my story" book; rather, it is an easy to search guide which allows the reader to hop from topic to topic & find answers."

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In - When to Worry and When Not to Worry
Perri Klass, Eileen Costello
Amazon.com Price: $10.17

This book, written by two pediatricians, explains about the toddler whose tantrums scare all the other kids on the playground . . . the three-year-old who ignores all his toys but seems passionately attached to the vacuum cleaner . . . the fourth-grade girl who never gets invited to a birthday party because classmates think she's weird ... the geek who is terrific at math, but is failing every other subject.

S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools: A Social Skills Program for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Including High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and Their Typical Peers (Paperback)
Michelle A. Dunn
Amazon.com Price: $26.37

AHA/AS/PDD advisory board member Michelle Dunn's eagerly-awaited research results are now accessible to school districts, professionals and families. Using specific lesson plans she shows how concrete social skills can be taught to children with ASDs. They and their peer mentors benefit from improved social skills and learn invaluable lessons about emotional awareness.
Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids
Ellen Braaten, Gretchen Felopulos
Amazon.com Price: $11.53

"This book is an extraordinary reference for parents and professionals in truly understanding when to use, and how to interpret, the various psychological tests available. Drs. Braaten and Felopulos provide an exceptional service by distilling complex information into a very readable and pragmatic guide." - Timothy E. Willens, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Teaching Children With Autism : Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization
Kathleen Ann Quill (Editor)
Amazon.com. Price: $ 39.29

Teacher comment: "This is the best book to own if you are working with a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder(ASD). The overall philosophy of the book is towards an eclectic approach to ASD. It presents many different ideas from different people, all of which could be added to a program, method, approach for a particular child."

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Thinking About You, Thinking About Me: Philosophy and Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Perspective Taking for Students with Social Cognitive Deficits
Michelle Garcia Winner
(If not in stock at Amazon.com, may be available at www.socialthinking.com)

Children and young people with diagnoses such as high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS or non-verbal learning disabilities often have difficulty with "social cognition." This manual offers teaching techniques to help students identify and overcome their weaknesses.

Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
Temple Grandin and Oliver Sacks
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.36

Ph.D. Temple Grandin, a well-known adult on the spectrum, was one of the first people to give us, through her personal writings, an idea of what it is like to live with autism and how she developed coping strategies to deal with her neurological and sensory difficulties. She describes the way her visual mind works and how she first made these connections.

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication Vol. I
Linda A. Hodgdon
Amazon.com Price: $ 39.95

A collection of practical ideas developed from solid experience educating children on the spectrum. Focuses on the children's interests as teaching tools.

Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
Robert L. Park
Amazon.com Price: $11.53

Park shows why a "disproportionate share of the science seen by the public is flawed" (because shaky science is more likely to skip past peer review and head straight for the media,) and he gives a good tour of recent highlights in Voodoo. He has a rare ability to poke holes compassionately, without excoriating those taken in by their fondest wishes.

The World of the Autistic Child
Bryna Siegel
Amazon.com Price: $ 12.21

A parent comment: "Outstanding first stop for anyone who suspects his or her child has autism or PDD, or who has just received a diagnosis. Helps you understand the range of different profiles children on this spectrum have and their differences from typically developing children. Balanced discussion of the multiple issues that need to be considered."


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